Former Navajo Nation President Albert Hale has passed away after battling COVID-19. The Navajo Nation Council made the announcement after learning of his death Tuesday. Hale served as the second president of the Navajo Nation from 1995 until 1998. Prior to his elected offices, Hale served as Assistant Attorney General for the Navajo Nation and was special counsel to the tribal council. From 2011 until 2017, Hale was elected to serve in the Arizona State House of Representatives. Tribal Council Speaker Seth Damon said of Hale, “As a former president of the Navajo Nation, he is remembered for his service and dedication to the Navajo People, which continued beyond the borders of the Nation when he was called to represent our district in the Arizona Legislature.” He adds, “we recognize his positive contributions to the development of numerous initiatives that have advanced the causes of Navajo People both at home and abroad.” Governor Ducey has ordered all flags at state buildings lowered to half staff Wednesday in honor of Hale. He was born in Ganado and was raised in Klagetoh. He was 71 years old.